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Best Family Films of 2015
January 18, 2016
We take a look at some of the top family films of 2015
If you’re struggling to find a family-friendly film you haven’t seen yet,
you’ve come to the right place.
2015 may seem like a lifetime ago already, but we’re keen to remember some of its best bits! Crack out the popcorn and prepare for a serious move sesh with the whole gang.
We have our say about last year’s blockbusters, with a little help from our mini-critics.
1. Shaun the Sheep Movie
What we thought: Any fans of Wallace and Gromit, or indeed of Shaun’s regular show on CBBC, will love this Claymation romp. Nick Park does it again – gorgeous characters, incredible stop-frame animation, and gags-a-plenty. Look out for references to Silence of the Lambs, and Night of the Hunter.
Our mini-critics say: ‘My favourite bit is when the sheep dress up as people and trick everyone.’
What we thought: This lavish reproduction of Disney’s 1950s animation is made by its stellar cast and beautiful costumes. There’s plenty for parents as well as kids, as actors like Helena Bonham Carter bring some laughs to proceedings.
Our mini-critics say: ‘I like her [Cinderella’s] blue dress’
(She is currently in negotiations with mum about getting a Disney Store Cinderella dress…)
What we thought: Calling all Minions fans – we know there’s a lot of you. These little yellow guys have taken the world by storm. There’s toys, phone cases, bed covers, costumes, backpacks – everything and anything has been minion-ised. The actual film is fun, and if you’re not a fan of the little yellow guys before, you probably will be after. The fact that it’s the highest grossing non-Disney animated film makes it worth a go.
Our mini-critics say: (they were side tracked about how much they love minions– I think they enjoyed it)
4. The Good Dinosaur
What we thought: The Good Dinosaur is set in a world where dinosaurs never went extinct. This premise really captures imaginations, both young and old as no other movie reimagines the time of the dinosaurs in this way. Pixar have their trademark animation stamp on this adorable tale.
Our mini-critics say: ‘I haven’t seen it but I love dinosaurs and the dinosaur looks funny.’
5. Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie
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What we thought: This is definitely one for anyone who grew up with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock. The modernisations are funny and work well. We love the idea of introducing these two to a new audience.
Our mini-critics say: ‘I want Snoopy.’
What we thought: Okay, so we loved the idea of this movie, the actual movie itself – not so much. The visual effects were fab, Neverland looked amazing, but unfortunately it was lacking a bit of magic. While it’s definitely still worth a watch, (the whole prequel idea was interesting) it’s not going to replace Robin Williams’ Hook anytime soon.
Our mini-critics say: They like it but it’s not their favourite.
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What we thought: Superstars Rhianna and J-Lo join The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons in this animated sci-fi adventure. Parsons plays Oh, an excitable alien who doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of his kind. He meets Tip (voiced by Rhianna), who’s been separated from her mother during Oh and co’s invasion of Earth. Still with us? It’s not the most unique concept ever but there are some good moments, mostly from Parsons.
Our mini-critics say: Basically they like the alien, but they’d rather watch Frozen instead.
8. Inside Out
What we thought: This is an absolute must-watch. Pixar have created another corker. Beautifully animated characters, a wonderful idea, and a truly moving story. Loads of adults and parents who’ve watched this agreed they got more than a little emotional. There’s so much here for adults you almost forget it’s a ‘kids film’. Pixar again demonstrate their winning formula of hilarity, originality, and just incredible storytelling.
Our mini-critics say: ‘I like watching it. Joy and Mr Bing Bong are the best, but I like the green one [Disgust] too.’
9. The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge out of Water
What we thought: As fans of he of the square-pants ourselves, we had a suspicion we were going to like this one. It didn’t disappoint. It’s just as loopy and ridiculous as the TV show, which is why we love it. This might just be one for die-hard fans of the cartoon…
Our mini-critics say: ‘Ohhhhhhhhh, who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS’
What we thought: The cast in this movie is cracking. Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and co make an incredibly watchable Brown family, and Ben Whishaw makes it as the voice of everyone’s favourite bear. There are some real laugh out loud moments – we in particular enjoyed Peter Capaldi’s attempts at romancing Nicole Kidman. We enjoyed this thoroughly from start to finish. (Although it was released in late 2014, it was still in cinemas at the start of 2015 so we’re counting it!)
Our mini-critics say: ‘It was really, really, really, really funny.’ There you have it.
There’s loads of great films coming our way this year,
like Finding Dory,
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,
Alice Through the Looking Glass,
and so much more!
What do your family think of Paddington, Snoopy, and Joy?
Which films are you looking forward to seeing this year?
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